How to Make Pastelón (Plantain Casserole)

Time to Read: About 1 minute

In this video, we will show you how to make pastelón or plantain casserole. Pastelón is a traditional dish in Latin cooking and made often in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. In this recipe, we use ground turkey instead of the more traditional ingredients of beef or pork.

Research studies show eating a lot of red meat and processed meats may increase your risk for colorectal cancer. Red meat is beef, hamburgers, lamb, pork, and veal. Processed meats are sausage, pepperoni, salami, and bacon. MSK recommends eating only 18 ounces of red meat over 1 week. This is about 3 to 4 ounces of red meat in 1 meal.

Here are more things to know about this recipe:

  • You can get the same nutrients found in red meat, including iron, vitamin B12, protein, and zinc, from white meat and vegan protein.
  • In this recipe, we replace the red meat for turkey. You can also make this recipe with ground chicken, a flaky white fish, or Impossible Beef ® crumbles.
  • Pastelón is soft to chew, and easy to swallow and digest.
  • This dish is not expensive to make and the ingredients are easy to find at local food stores and supermarkets. 

Last Updated

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tell us what you think

Tell us what you think

Your feedback will help us improve the educational information we provide. Your care team cannot see anything you write on this feedback form. Please do not use it to ask about your care. If you have questions about your care, contact your healthcare provider.

While we read all feedback, we cannot answer any questions. Please do not write your name or any personal information on this feedback form.

Questions Yes Somewhat No
Please do not write your name or any personal information.